The 2021 Social Enterprise Development Fund Showcase – celebrating the impact achieved by its 2020 Awardees – took place on Thursday 21st of January 2021.

Speedpak Group is very grateful to have been one of the awardees and delighted to be part of the Showcase.

This special event was hosted by Alan Shortt and featured contributions from Deirdre Mortell (CEO of Rethink Ireland), Deputy Joe O’Brien TD (Minister of State for Community Development and Charities), George Jones (Chairman of IPB Insurance) and from each of the Awardees. [See list of Awardees below.]

The Social Enterprise Development Fund is a €3.2 million fund, created by Rethink Ireland in partnership with Local Authorities Ireland and funded by IPB Insurance and the Department of Rural and Community Development via the Dormant Accounts Fund. In 2020, 16 social enterprises received cash grants and business supports from the fund, while a further 24 enterprises received strategic support through the SEDF’s Genesis programme. 

Winners of the Pitch Fund were Turn2Me, Grow Remote, Triest Press and Specialisterne.

A recording of the event can now be viewed on Vimeo at

2020 Social Enterprise Development Fund Awardees

Amicitia works in rural areas across Ireland with consistently high poverty levels, co-creating initiatives to improve the quality of life of locally marginalised inhabitants, including aged, disabled, socially isolated people.

Castlecomer Discovery Park
This Co. Kilkenny adventure park was established to develop rural tourism, create jobs and regenerate the town of Castlecomer.

Cork Counselling Services
Cork Counselling Services is an IACP accredited organisation, providing counselling and psychotherapy services to anyone who needs them, regardless of background, as well as educating and training students to a professional counselling standard.

CyberSafe Ireland
CyberSafe Ireland teaches parents and children how to safely and responsibly navigate the internet.

Dublin Food Co-op
Dublin Food Co-op is a Kilmainham-based organic food community, promoting sustainably-grown organic and vegetarian wholefoods.

EPIC Social Enterprise
EPIC (Enhanced Progress Inspiring Change) offers employment opportunities to people trying to get their lives back on track following problems with addiction and/or past criminality.

Grow Remote
Grow Remote provides resources to help people obtain opportunities to work remotely in their community.

jumpAgrade is an online personalised teaching provider, which particularly supports second-level students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, who previously would have been unable to avail of grinds and exam preparation from qualified, expert teachers.

Irish Rural Link (Nasc Tuaithe na hÉireann)
Irish Rural Link is the National Meals on Wheels Coordination Unit, which continuously aims to make this national social service more sustainable.

Specialisterne is a social enterprise which recruits and supports neurodiverse people – people with autism, aspergers and other similar challenges – who are trying to find employment.

Speedpak Group
Speedpak Group (comprising Speedpak Contract Services and Shamrock Rosettes) is a manufacturing social enterprise that provides real work experience, accredited training, mentoring, tailored interventions and supports to long-term unemployed people. This combination of trading – with customers, quality standards and deadlines – and industry-led training is transformative, increasing participants’ employability and job resilience, leading to greater financial independence.

The Textile Studio
The Textile Studio provides first-time employment and workplace training opportunities to refugee women or women who have been through the criminal justice system

The Together Razem Centre offers social, legal, mental health and educational support to adults and children from the Polish and Eastern European migrant community at risk of exclusion and isolation in Ireland.

Triest Press
Roscommon-based Triest Press provides employment and training opportunities to people with intellectual

Turn2Me is a community of qualified and accredited mental health professionals, who provide an online confidential and anonymous service to people aged 12 and over, seeking support with their mental health.

Longford Women’s Link (LWL)
LWL offers educational and training opportunities aimed at providing equality, security and financial independence for women who left school early, left the workplace when they married and/or are at risk of domestic violence.